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Al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya

Al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya
Subdistrict Gaza
Palestine grid 122/123
Population 1030 (1945)
Date of depopulation May 18, 1948 [1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Fear of being caught up in the fighting
Current localities Merkaz Shappira,[2] Massu'ot Yitzchaq,[2]

Al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya was a Palestinian Arab village in the Gaza Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 War on May 18, 1948, during the second stage of Operation Barak. It was located 30 km northeast of Gaza city.

A 1596 census revealed a population of 237. By 1945, this had increased to 1,030. al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya had shared a school with the other two Sawafir villages, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of about 280.


  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xix, village #284. Also gives the cause for depopulation.
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 133



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